[Vwoolf] Patrick Ness's RELEASE

Shannon, Drew [School of Arts & Humanities] Drew.Shannon at msj.edu
Mon Jul 31 16:31:07 EDT 2017

And along these lines, the new teen novel RELEASE, by Patrick Ness (an American long based in the UK), is a retelling of MRS. DALLOWAY, beginning with the line, "Alex said he would buy the flowers himself."  It's available in the UK now; I believe it's being published in the US in October.


Drew Shannon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
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Mount St. Joseph University
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"I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual." -- Virginia Woolf, Diary, 17 February 1922

From: Vwoolf [vwoolf-bounces+drew.shannon=msj.edu at lists.osu.edu] On Behalf Of Avery, Todd [Todd_Avery at uml.edu]
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2017 2:12 PM
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Subject: [Vwoolf] Woolf in Naomi Alderman's latest novel, THE POWER

List members in the mood for a modernist scavenger hunt will enjoy Naomi Alderman's most recent novel, a brilliant work of speculative fiction that imagines a future world in which girls' sudden ability to produce electric shocks results in a complete inversion of sexual hierarchies.  A scan reveals allusions at least to Conrad and Woolf, including the following passage: "A fragment of something he read a long time ago floats through his mind.  A flattering looking-glass.  He has to be a flattering mirror for her, reflecting her at twice her ordinary size, making her seem to herself to be strong enough to do this thing . . ."

The same character later thinks, "'This also has been one of the dark places of the earth.'"

Best to you all, with the hope that you're in bright places.


Dr. Todd Avery
Associate Professor of English
Coordinator, Online English B.A. Program
NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
University of Massachusetts Lowell
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